My dear friend asked me to write a letter to her daughter who is turning 18 soon and will be heading off for college. It sure got my head thinking. Thought I would share it with you; maybe you know of a young girl turning 18 soon too.
The other day I was thinking….if I was going to write a letter to my 18 year old self, what would I say? Because whatever I would say to her, is what I would want to share with you.
What I would say is it is worth it.
It is WORTH investing in your love relationship with Jesus. He is the only thing you can count on.
It is WORTH it to save your heart, mind and body to give away to just one man one day. I am so, so glad I did.
It is WORTH it to take risks to pursue not only what you love, but what you believe God created you to do.
It is WORTH it to say “no” to some things today, because it will mean you will get to say “yes” to the best.
It is WORTH it to stay close to your family; they are one of the only things that doesn’t change.
It is WORTH to find your place in the body of Christ; we need each other.
It is WORTH it fill your mind with the truth of who you are in Him. If you don’t, others will fill your mind for you.
It is WORTH it to count the cost now because the dividends are beyond this world.
You will grow, change and mature in the next few years unlike any other. You will make decisions that will impact the rest of your life. One choice at a time, you will create a path that has a likely outcome. Choose it carefully, honey. Forgiveness if free, but healing isn’t. You are free to make wise and godly decisions. He’ll speak; just be sure to always listen and obey.
All my Love,
Maybe you know a teen who could use some encouragement right now to keep close to Jesus and continue heading down the right path or maybe you know a teen who needs to be warned about the path they are on. You might be the one to bring a teen conference to your church or community group that would be just the thing that would turn that youth around. I would love to come and help you invest in the teens that surround you.
Would you ask the Holy Spirit to use you in that teen’s life? Who knows? You might just be the answer to one mom’s prayers.